Community Futures regularly offers business workshops and seminars providing small and medium sized businesses with practical and interactive sessions. These workshops are designed for key business areas and are facilitated by skilled and experienced entrepreneurs. Please check with our staff to see if you qualify for any funding or subsidies.
An early stage, interactive one day business investigation workshop to help you determine the preliminary viability of your business venture. This program helps the participant evaluate their idea, learn about business planning and begin to prepare their operations, market research, finances and forecasts. $160.00 + GST.
Ready to take your business idea to the next stage? This six week, in depth program assists you in developing a comprehensive business plan. The program is designed to help you thoroughly plan, research, organize, finance and launch your business. Program participants regularly produce high quality, market driven business plans that are widely accepted by the business community for quality and usefulness. $835.00 + GST (the Assess Your Business Idea workshop is a pre-requisite program for the six week program).
The 6 week program includes:
Week 1 & 2 Management and Operations (2 days/week) - business management, operating plan, business plan writing and layout, vision, goals, objectives, risk management and guest speaker presentations.
Week 3 & 4 Market Research and Market Strategies (2 days/week) - collecting, analysing and finalizing market research, developing marketing strategies based on this research, effective sales staretgies, promotions and sales forecasting.
Week 5 Finance (4 days) - financial planning, cash flow forecasting, income statement and balance sheet preparation, sales and cost analysis, financing strategies including personal financial planning.
Week 6 Wrap-up - one on one counseling is provided to assist the participant in writing, editing, troubleshooting and modifying the business plan in preparation for a final draft.
A series of comprehensive 1/2 day workshops designed to help operating businesses with specific business topics and issues. $80 + GST/session.
All workshops and seminars are available on a first come first serve basis. All facilitators are experienced self employed business people that have demonstrated success in their specialty areas.
Come by our office for information on our other programs or check our Calendar.
Contact Community Futures at (250) 868-2132 ext.0